Though the heatwave has passed in Dublin I’m painting flowers once more. Partly inspired by seeing the lovely new flowers and old roses my mother has in her garden this year. I’ve got somse marigolds and green beans that aren’t looking to shabby on my balcony, but it would be wonderful to have a garden!
New Fern paintings on canvas, just completed today! Typically, I’ve always liked ink and watercolour for doing minimalist leaf and nature designs. The nice thing about using canvas, is that whilst keeping the effect minimalist, you have more flexibility on the background colour. I was able to use my own mixed oatmeal tone, as opposed to the slightly starker ivory white of my water-colour paper (sorry, I’m sure the intricacies of different tones of white/ cream are not that interesting to most people)
Anyway, it was really fun making a composition out of different sized canvases, I think these would look pretty good in a variety of combinations on a wall.
This is the second in a series of ink paintings of the deer from Phoenix Park. This one came up looking for food, unfortunately for him I didn’t have any (some people bring apples etc for the deer, at a risk of getting antlered when the deers get a bit over excited). I thought it would be against the rules to bring food to the deer, but a ranger I met yesterday said that actually it isn’t, just advised against as, being wild animals, they may buck up and injure you. Apparently their favourite is cabbage, and if they get in a farmer’s field they will gobble it all up.
This painting is one of a new series I’m working on. I’ve been photographing the deer in the Phoenix Park for a while now to get inspiration for paintings. I’ve been able to photograph the deer grazing, picking leaves off trees, lying in long grass, and even having the occasional fight. I’m starting off in black and white, but I have the possibility to paint them in colour as well. Hopefully the good weather continues and I can go out and photograph them further.
This is the photograph I took these deer from- it was lucky to catch such a perfect pose.
I’ve been inspired by both folk art and victorian drawings into trying oval borders made of ferns to add a more finished feeling to my oval compositions.This Palm tree painting was inspired by some of my photos from Abu Dhabi of the pretty palm trees there, like this one:
We do have palm trees in Ireland, but somehow they just look wrong with all the rain about.
Looking into the history of Palm Trees, of course they have the strongest association with dry climates, but some can also survive flooding and poor drainage. The palm branch was a symbol of victory in Roman Times. To Christians, they meant the victory of the spirit over flesh, while in Judaism, they were a sign of peace and abundance. The best for me though is that they are a traditional symbol of a tropical island paradise- nice to think of on a dreary Dublin afternoon.
This is part of a new series on trees, I also painted a Handkerchief tree and will post it soon.
This drawing was inspired by two of my favourite things- Cats and New York!
I have a trip planned for this summer which includes taking in NYC, Boston, Vermont, Montreal, and finally Niagara Falls (Canadian side). I am really excited. New York is a bit of an old haunt for me at this stage, but it will be my first time in all these other places.
A friend just let me know that Pearl Paint is closing.
This is such sad news for me! I was looking forward to revisiting this treasure trove. Perhaps it was not pristine, but every time I went there I picked up something fun- on my first visit I got some fold and stick Nancy Drew stationery to send letters home- and more recently fantastically shaped buttons- owls, pirate style (maps, treasures, pirate hat, boats), crayons… Their colored masking tape was a revelation. I don’t think I know of anywhere else in New York as good for art supplies, but I suppose I will have to be on the prowl for somewhere new. I’m sorry for all the staff too, I remember one especially nice man directing me gently away from the insanely expensive paintbrushes I was pouring over, oblivious to the hundred plus dollar price tags, to the ones more in my price range.
Red Southwestern Mountain Landscape.
This painting was inspired by looking at mountains with Indian Paintbrush flowers on them, which create the sense of red and yellow brush strokes across the landscape. I have taken a contemporary take on this kind of landscape, and incorporated some vein-like rivers and streams into the landscape. Painted in my favourite medium, watercolor and ink.
Black Lake Abstract Painting.
This painting is using black ink that my sister brought me back from her travels in China. I most recently visited her in Abu Dhabi and will soon post some pictures I took there, I hope some may inspire future works.
The geometric hills are contrasted by the freeform black lake, and I am still incorporating some of my drawing style through the white stars (reflections of the black).
The second painting in my series of circular wood paintings.
This painting shows a field of dandelion clocks in front of green hills and purple mountains. I think the white of the dandelion clocks add some depth to the foreground.